|Fishing allows for catching fish used in a variety of Crafting and Refining recipes.
Fishers can also use Bait in order to catch rarer fish
|Trade Skill Tree||Gathering|
Fishing is a Gathering Trade Skill in New World. Fishing allows for catching fish used in a variety of Crafting and Refining recipes. Fishers can also use Bait in order to catch rarer fish. Trade Skills are a variety of non-combat skills that the player can invest in and master. Trade Skills belonging to the Crafting category focus on creating a large variety of items ranging from Weapons and Consumables to ammunition and furniture.
New World Fishing Guide
Fishing is a Gathering skill used to catch and obtain Fish for use in Cooking as well as a number of other applications. Fishing can be performed at any body of water in Aeternum. This includes Fresh Water lakes, ponds and rivers as well as Salt Water fishing spots comprised of the sea that surrounds the island. Higher-level fishers can also acquire the ability to discover and detect Fishing Hotspots, which are special areas on the map that provide a boost to bite speed and rarity of fish caught while fishing.
A Fishing Pole is required in order to do any fishing. As with any Trade Skill, Fishing is leveled up by continual use of the skill. Unlike other Trade Skills, however, fishing is a lot more involved and the process plays out much like a mini-game with several stages:
To begin fishing, approach a body of water and press your Cast key.
A range indicator will pop up and you can extend the range of your cast by holding the cast key, releasing it when the indicator reaches your desired range.
Once your line is cast, you will see a bobber indicator like in the left image. This indicator will begin to shake up and down when a fish is approaching for a bite. Wait for the indicator to change before attempting to hook. Hooking too early will cause the fish to swim away.
This icon indicates that it's time to hook. Press the left mouse button to hook the fish. Note that you have a very limited time to do this, indicated by the green circle around the icon. If it depletes completely before you press the button, the fish will swim away.
This icon indicates a successful hook, leading into the next stage of the mini-game.
Once the fish is hooked, you can begin to reel it in by holding the mouse button down but you will need to watch out for the tension.
This is the reel gauge which has a white circle filling up around the icon. Once it's filled, the fish is caught, ending the mini-game. You will need to watch out for the tension gauge in the center of the icon. Green indicates good tension while orange indicates too much tension. If the tension gets too high, your line will break and you will lose the fish.
Types of Water
There are two distinct types of water in Aeternum: Freshwater and Saltwater. Each type has its own set of fish available which further varies by region.
Freshwater is any body of water found inland and does not connect to the seawater around Aeternum. This includes lakes, rivers and ponds. Freshwater is indicated with a light blue hue on the world map. Freshwater can also be gathered as a resource and this is a good indicator of whether or not you are in freshwater as the gathering indicator will appear as soon as you step next to it.
Saltwater is the water surrounding Aeternum and flows to its coastal areas and harbors. Marshes such as those found in Weaver's Fen are also considered saltwater. Saltwater is indicated with a dark greyish-brown coloration and a scanline-like shading, although this is not always the case. Saltwater cannot be gathered as a resource. Good indicators for saltwater are the many beaches along the edge of the land.
Fishing Leveling Tips
- Leveling up in Fishing allows for the discovery and tracking of fishing hotspots which gives boosts to bite speed as well as the rarity of fish caught.
- Each level up in the Fishing skill also improves your Max Cast Distance.
- As with all Trade Skills, leveling up Gathering skills is done by continuously using the skill.
Fishing Equipment & Perks
Fishing requires the use of a Fishing Pole which can be crafted via Engineering. There are several tiers of Fishing Poles available, each with an Engineering level requirement and a Workshop tier requirement corresponding to the Fishing Pole's tier in order to craft. Some Fishing Poles can also be acquired by progressing in the Fishing Quest Chain. Completing the entire Quest chain will also award the player with one of 4 Legendary Fishing Poles. See the Fishing Quests section for details.
Each Pole has three special traits: Max Cast Distance which allows you to cast further, Tension Recovery Rate which dictates how fast your tension gauge recovers when you release the mouse button during the reeling portion, and Fish Rarity which provides a boost to your chance of catching rarer fish. Utilizing higher tier Poles will provide a better boost to these traits. Additionally, better Poles will come with higher Gear Score ranges, which in turn allows for a higher chance of obtaining Perks during the crafting process.
|Tier||Item Name||Max Cast Distance||Tension Recovery||Fish Rarity||Obtained|
|Tier I||Wooden Fishing Pole||12m||-27.5/sec||+0%||Crafted: Engineering (0) / Quest Reward: Fishing with Shields|
|Tier II||Treated Wood Fishing Pole||14m||-30/sec||+25%||Crafted: Engineering (0)|
|Tier III||Aged Wood Fishing Pole||16m||-32.5/sec||+75%||Crafted: Engineering (50)|
|Tier IV||Wyrdwood Fishing Pole||18m||-35/sec||+100%||Crafted: Engineering (100)|
|Tier V||Ironwood Fishing Pole||20m||-37.5/sec||+125%||Crafted: Engineering (150) / Quest Reward: Treasure of the Deep|
In the case of Legendary Poles, you can obtain one of the 4 after the completion of the To Be a Grand Master quest at the end of the Fishing Quest chain. Each pole has a Max Cast Distance of 20m, a Tension Recovery Rate of -37.5/sec and a Fish Rarity Boost of +125%. Each also has a set of 5 fixed Perks that give a lot of boosts for different fishing scenarios. Note that these poles can only be equipped by Level 60 players.
|Tier V||Ancient Fishing Pole||Tier III, Sturdy III, Daytime Colossus III, Lucky Night II, Suns Reach I|
|Tier V||Angry Earth Fishing Pole||Lucky Day III, Tier III, Saltwater Colossus III, Sturdy II, Tier I|
|Tier V||Corrupted Fishing Pole||Tier III, Sturdy III, Nighttime Colossus III, Lucky Day II, Tier I|
|Tier V||Lost Fishing Pole||Lucky Night III, Freshwater Colossus III, Sturdy II, Tier I, Tier I|
Fishing Gear are pieces of Armor that improve the player's ability to fish. Most of these have special Fishing Perks that provide special effects while fishing. All Fishing Gear can be obtained by completing quests in the Fishing Quest Chain, except for the Epic Tier V Vengeful Fisherman's Set which can be obtained from various endgame sources. The table below lists all available fishing gear, their perks and how to obtain them:
Fishing Perks are a special set of Perks that provide bonuses to aspects of Fishing such as improving Cast Distance or providing a boost to the chance to catch larger fish. There are 14 Fishing Perk types in total, 3 of which can be found on Fishing Gear (Armor) while the remaining 11 can be found on Fishing Poles. Each perk type also come in 3 tiers, with each tier providing a bigger bonus. Note that these Perks stack with each other as well as with other similar effects obtained via other sources such as Fishing Trophies.
Fishing Armor Perks are exclusive to Fishing Gear and cannot be imbued onto regular crafted armor. Since there are currently no craftable Fishing Gear, there is no way to gain these Perks aside from the set Perks found on dropped or rewarded gear. Meanwhile, Fishing Pole Perks can be imbued onto crafted Fishing Poles, albeit completely randomly as there are no special crafting resources available that would let you dictate which Perk gets added. The following is a list of all Fishing Perks available in New World, as well as their effects:
Fishing Pole Perks
Small/medium/large boost to chance of catching larger fish during daytime.
Small/medium/large boost to chance of catching larger fish during nighttime.
Small/medium/large boost to chance of catching larger fish in freshwater.
Small/medium/large boost to chance of catching better fish during daytime.
Small/medium/large boost to chance of catching better fish during nighttime.
Improves maximum cast distance during daytime.
Improves line strength in freshwater.
Improves line strength in saltwater.
Fishing Gear Perks
Small/medium/large boost to chance of catching larger fish.
Small/medium/large boost to chance of catching better fish.
Fishing Bait can be used while fishing in order to improve the fishing experience. Bait can be acquired by gathering certain resources using the Harvesting skill, salvaging certain raw materials or prepared using the Cooking skill. Bait can be equipped anytime in between casts by pressing the Bait Key. There are two major categories of bait: Freshwater Bait and Saltwater Bait, with each being suitable for catching fish in the indicated type of water. Within the two categories, there are also two subcategories with one focused on catching bigger fish and the other focused on catching better (rarer) fish. All fishing bait also provide a small boost to biting speed.
Below are all bait items available to Fishers:
Gives a medium boost to chance of catching bigger fish in freshwater.
Obtained by salvaging Clams.
Gives a small boost to chance of catching better fish in freshwater.
Obtained in Provisions Crates. Also found when gathering Flint.
Gives a medium boost to chance of catching better fish in freshwater.
Obtained by harvesting Bushes.
Gives a medium boost to chance of catching bigger fish in saltwater.
Obtained by salvaging Aquatic Snails.
Gives a small boost to chance of catching better fish in saltwater.
Obtained in Provisions Crates. Also found when gathering Flint.
Gives a medium boost to chance of catching better fish in saltwater.
Obtained by gathering Flint during daytime. Also found in Provisions Crates.
All Fish in New World
Fish come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and in varying rarity. Similar to other resources and items, fish can be of Common, Uncommon, Rare or Legendary rarity. A fish's rarity also corresponds to its Tier level, with each tier yielding rarer resources when salvaged. This is important when using fish and resources salvaged from them in other skills such as Cooking. Most fish will also come in variants of Small, Medium or Large, aside from some notable exceptions. Larger fish will tend to yield more resources when salvaged.
Catching fish will yield a certain amount of XP for your Fishing skill. As a general rule, the larger and rarer the fish, the more XP granted. Refer to the XP chart on the right for details.
Note that your Fishing skill level has no influence on your ability to catch fish of any tier or size. This means a level 15 Fisher has just as much chance to catch a Legendary fish as a level 200 Fisher, assuming they have access to the fish's spawn location. Of course, you would need to boost your chance to catch rarer fish by equipping better Poles, Fishing Gear, Bait or mounting Fishing Trophies in your home. However, leveling up your Fishing skill will allow you to discover and track Hotspots, which are highly valuable Fishing locations. See the Hotspots section for details.
|Fish XP Table|
- You gain 10 XP towards Fishing whenever you get a Bite, on top of each fish's XP per catch.
- Aquatic Snails, Clams, and Tadpoles are classed as Medium Uncommon fish, yielding 156 XP per catch.
- Oysters and Starfish are classified as Small Rare fish, yielding 175 XP per catch. Treasure Chests are classed as Large Rare "fish", yielding 200 XP per catch.
- Legendary fish have no size classifications and all provide 550 XP per catch.
Below is a list of all fish that can be caught on Aeternum sorted by tier/rarity, their locations, as well as resources that can be gathered from them via salvaging or otherwise.
Quick Search of All Fish
New World Fishing Quests
Fishing Quests in New World consist of a chain of special Side Quests focused on the Fishing Trade Skill. Each quest requires the player to complete a Fishing-related task and also serves as a soft introduction to various Fishing mechanics such as Bait, Fish Size & Rarity, Hotspots and more. There are 15 Quests in the chain and each rewards a piece of equipment useful in Fishing, along with other rewards.
- Each Quest must be completed in order before the next one is unlocked.
- Completing this quest chain is currently the only way to acquire one of the 4 Legendary Fishing Poles.
- Note that while you can begin the Quest Chain as early as Character Level 3 and there are no further level requirements, you will be visiting some of the higher-level Territories and venturing into them at lower levels can prove perilous. Furthermore, the equipment rewarded have level requirements before you can use them so consider taking your time with these quests.
Quest 1: Fishing With Shields
Collect Woodlouse bait by gathering bushes for Master Fisher Shields. Talk to Master Fisher Shields in Windsward.
Wooden Fishing Pole
250 Territory Standing
Quest 2: Fishing Basics
Cast, hook, and reel in three fish for Master Fisher Shields and deliver them to Master Fisher Ruby in Everfall.
- Speak to Michael Shields
- Catch 3 fish of any type from any body of water.
- Deliver the fish to Dena Ruby who is just along the coast north of Everfall Watchtower.
Note that you cannot complete this quest using previously caught fish as the task requires you to cast, hook and reel in fish 3 times each.
Battered Fisherman's Boots
175 Territory Standing
Quest 3: Baited
Catch one Snail in Fresh Water and one Clam in Salt Water to salvage them for bait for Master Fisher Ruby and deliver them to Master Fisher Clemenson in First Light.
- Speak to Dena Ruby
- Catch a Clam in Saltwater (Suggested: Stolen Shores in Everfall, right where you get the quest)
- Catch an Aquatic Snail in Freshwater (Suggested: Hatchburg Fishery, northwest of First Light settlement)
- Salvage each item to obtain a Clam Bait and Snail Bait
- Turn in the bait to Dallas Clemenson who can be found along the shores of the Saircor Inlet, north of First Light settlement past the Dayspring Mills.
Consider using Nightcrawler Bait for Clams and Woodlouse Bait for Snails to make catching them easier.
Battered Fisherman's Gloves
175 Territory Standing
Quest 4: Hotspot Hunt
Catch fish from a Hotspot three times for Master Fisher Clemenson and deliver a note to Master Fisher Warwick in Monarch's Bluff.
- Speak to Dallas Clemenson
- Catch any 3 fish from any Hotspots (Suggested: Hatchburg Fishery, northwest of First Light settlement)
- Speak to Quinton Warwick, found on one of the small islands directly south of Fort Monarch's Bluffs along the western edge of the map.
Note that the Hotspots available to you will depend on your Fishing Level. The Hotspots will also need to be active and this can be a problem if your server is extremely busy. First Light has several Hotspots under Fishing Level 20 including the Hatchburg Fishery and the one in the southeast of the settlement noted in the previous quest. See the quest page for more options.
Battered Fisherman's Trousers
250 Territory Standing
Quest 5: Practice Makes Perfect
Catch fifteen fish anywhere for Master Fisher Warwick and deliver to Master Fisher Perchal in Cutlass Keys.
- Speak to Quintin Warwick.
- Catch any 15 fish from anywhere.
- Speak to Edith Perchal at the tip of the river just north of Cutlass Keys settlement.
Note that the quest specifically requires you to catch 15 fish, so any pre-caught fish will not count.
Battered Fisherman's Hat
250 Territory Standing
Quest 6: The Giant Ones
Catch eight fish greater than 20 inches in length for Master Fisher Perchal and deliver it to Master Fisher Park in Brightwood.
- Speak to Edith Perchal.
- Catch 8 x fish greater than 20 inches. (See notes)
- Deliver fish to Park Jennet who can be found at a lake to the east of Brightwood settlement.
The fish can be of any type as long as they are 20 inches or larger. In order to catch larger fish, you will need to use size-boosting bait such as Clam, Oyster, Snail or Electric Eel Bait. Each of these can be salvaged from the creatures of the same name, caught through fishing. Refer to the Baited quest for suggested locations. Alternatively, if you have a Cooking skill of at least level 5, you can cook the Meat Bait or Fish Bait. However, these provide the smallest boost to the chance to catch larger fish.
Battered Fisherman's Smock
250 Territory Standing
Quest 7: Fish Reagents
Collect one Squid Ink and one Catfish Whisker after salvaging Squid and Catfish for Master Fisher Park and deliver them to Master Fisher Agarwal in Weaver's Fen.
- Speak to Park Jennet
- Catch a Squid and Catfish and salvage them for Squid Ink and Catfish Whisker.
- Deliver the items to Sheetal Agarwal who can be found in Weaver's Fen, far east of the settlement and close to the Restless Shore border.
Despite Squid being Saltwater creatures, both it and the Catfish can be caught right at the lake where you grab the quest, possibly due to these being a "quest" version of the creatures. Consider using Nightcrawler or Glowworm Bait to improve your chances of catching them.
Quest 8: Reel Life
Catch three Boots in Weaver's Fen to clean up the waters for Master Fisher Agarwal and deliver a new line to Master Fisher O'Connor in Restless Shore.
- Speak to Sheetal Argawal.
- Clean up the waters just in front of her by fishing up 3 "Boots".
- Speak to Finola O'Connor who can be found on a small island just to the west of Fort Restless Shore.
The "Boots" in question are special quest items that can only be fished up around the Fen, referred to in-game as Slimy Boot. We find that using Woodlouse or Firefly Bait makes catching them much easier.
Quest 9: Weapons of the Sea
Catch a Fish Sword and a Fish Headed Hammer for Master Fisher O'Connor and present them to Master Fisher Abebe in Mourningdale.
- Speak to Finola O'Connor.
- Catch a Fish Sword and Fish Headed Hammer in the waters just in front of her.
- Deliver the items to Tariku Abebe who can be found in Mourningdale, at the lake in Pueblo Culto Nunez northeast of the settlement.
Similar to the previous quest, you can use bait to improve your chances. The water near the quest giver is Salt Water, so use Nightcrawler or Glowworm Bait to catch the items.
Hardy Fisherman's Smock
250 Territory Standing
Quest 10: Treasures of the Deep
Catch a Treasure Chest for Master Fisher Abebe and present it to Master Fisher Klaus in Great Cleave.
- Speak to Tariku Abebe.
- Catch a "Treasure Chest" by fishing.
- Deliver the chest to Eberhart Klaus at the Glass Lake in southcentral Great Cleave.
The fastest way to catch a Treasure Chest is to fish at a Secret Hotspot (3-star). Below Fishing Level 50, you will only have access to two of these spots. One is located in the river that runs along the western edge of Primrose in western Windsward. This is unlocked at Fishing Level 12. The other one is located in Cutlass Keys, on the eastern coast of Haunted Isle in the south and is unlocked at Fishing Level 27. See the quest page for more options at higher levels. It is recommended you use your best rarity-boosting Bait (Firefly/Glowworm) as well as any gear that provides the Lucky Perk.
Ironwood Fishing Pole
250 Territory Standing
Quest 11: Soulwarden Rations
Catch five fish heavier than 30 pounds for Master Fisher Klaus and deliver them to Master Fisher Davies in Edengrove.
- Speak to Eberhart Klaus.
- Catch 5 x fish heavier than 30lbs.
- Deliver fish to Rory Davies, found in the large lake just south east of the Genesis of Malevolence in central Edengrove.
Similar to The Giant Ones, use your best size-boosting Bait (Electric Eel/Oyster), as well as any gear with the Colossus Perk. You also want to fish in deep water so leave Glass Lake and find some Salt Water, preferably with a Hotspot. A good candidate is Cascade Harbor to the east of Windsward which has both a 1-Star Hotspot near the middle and a 2-Star Hotspot further to the north. Cutlass Keys also has two 2-Star Hotspots in the southeast and southwest edges of the map, but these require Fishing Levels 45 and 56, respectively.
Sleek Fisherman's Hat
250 Territory Standing
Quest 12: Azoth-Tinged Fish
Catch an Azoth-Tinged Fish in Edengrove for Master Fisher Davies and deliver it to Master Fisher Bernard in Shattered Mountain.
- Speak to Rory Davies.
- Catch an Azoth-Tinged Fish in the waters next to Rory.
- Deliver the fish to Konrad Bernard in the western tip of the river in the Blighted Wilds of Shattered Mountain.
This fish is exceedingly rare and will require your best rarity-boosting Bait (Firefly) and gear. There is a 1-Star Hotspot in the large body of water west of the Malevolence which can provide you with a rarity boost if you have Fishing at Level 56. Otherwise, just grind it out in the waters next to Rory.
Quest 13: Corruption-Tinged Fish
Catch a Corruption-Tinged Fish in Shattered Mountain and bring it to Master Fisher Chang in Ebonscale.
- Speak to Konrad Bernard.
- Catch a Corruption-Tinged Fish in the waters next to Konrad.
- Deliver the fish to Laquan Chang in Ebonscale Reach, in the eastern side of the settlement.
This is similar to the previous quest. Equip all your rarity boosters and use Firefly Bait. Luckily, there is a 2-Star Hotspot right here although it requires Level 95 Fishing. Watch out for the monsters surrounding the area.
Quest 14: Ecological Report
Obtain various levels of fish fillet for Master Fisher Chang in Ebonscale to assess the health of the island's underwater denizens.
- Speak to Laquan Chang.
- Obtain Fish Filet, Firm Fish Filet, Tender Fish Filet, Delicate Fish Filet. You will need 25 of each.
- Deliver the filets to Gaspar Machera, found at the northwest tip of Siren's Stand in Reekwater. Follow the road going southeast from the settlement.
Unlike other quests in the chain, the items required can be acquired by any means, whether you fish and salvage the items yourself, have the items on you before accepting the quest, or purchasing them through the Trading Post.
If you wish to catch the fish yourself, Common fish such as Bass, Bluefish, Flounder and Mackerel yield Fish Filet and a small amount of Firm Fish Filet when salvaged. Uncommon fish such as Catfish, Cod and Halibut yield a lot of Firm Fish Filet and some Tender Fish Filet. Finally, Swordfish is your best bet for Delicate Fish Filet. Check the All Fish in New World section for locations.
Quest 15: To Be a Grand Master
Reach Fishing Level 100 and talk to Grand Master Machera in Reekwater.
This final quest is rather simple and is all about the grind. A rule of thumb is to always try and catch the largest and rarest fish that you can which means using your best Bait, and a good balance between size and rarity-boosting Perks on your equipment. Find a bunch of Hotspots that are close to each other and hop between them as they become active. Stick to the 2-Star Hotspots as these contain more fish overall and have a shorter respawn time, ultimately yielding more XP over time than 3-Star Hotspots.
Fishing Notes and Tips
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